1989

FW de Klerk replaces PW Botha as president.

Walter Sisulu and five other Rivonia trialists released from prison.

COSATU and NECC declare themselves unbanned.

Scat supports 22 advice offices and recommends 63 projects for funding. About 40% of Scat’s partners are located outside Cape Town.

Clanwilliam Advice Office opens.

The Elsies River Community Advice Centre in the Western Cape deals with 248 cases between January and June. The advice office assists school students who are expelled for political activity, AIDS people in obtaining unemployment insurance and in obtaining divorces.

Grabouw Advice Office deals with 131 cases between January and April – most are related to the massive housing shortage for farmworkers in the area.

Between January and June the Mitchells Plain Advice Centre deals with 600 cases.

Ecological Clubs for Children Organisation (ECCO) has 51 clubs across the rural Western and southern Cape. ECCO helps children to break the cycle of rural poverty.

Supported by Scat, the Zamani Community Care Project is set up in Bedford, one of the poorest areas in the Border region, to enable unemployed community members to move from dependence to self-reliance.

 

Between January and June the Burgersdorp Advice Office, situated in a rural area of the north-eastern Cape, deals with 193 cases. Many of the cases concerned evictions, unfair dismissals and workers compensation.

The Butterworth Community Advice Office assists workers in the Transkei where there are no trade unions.

Nelson Mandela freed after 27 years in jail. The ANC, the SACP, the PAC and others are unbanned. Exiles start to return to South Africa.

There are 17 million poor people in South Africa. Eleven million of them live in rural areas. Most are women and children. Approximately 62% of rural women are unemployed. Scat decides to focus on the rural poor. Scat also decides to focus specifically on the Cape provinces. Scat begins to support the Botriver and the Klawer advice offices.